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IPE – A FAVORITE WOOD

On April 1st, I met Eric of Woodridge Builders for the first time.  He’s a local business owner specializing in outdoor living spaces.  The point of our meeting was to discuss redesigning his website. Woodridge Builders builds decks, gazebos, pergolas, porticos, patios, screen rooms, sun rooms, fire pits/places, and … I think that’s everything.
Whew!  An impressive portfolio of work.  If you’ve ever met Eric, you know that he is passionate about his work.  As a condo dweller, I’ve not really thought about a deck, except for when my dad is thinking about maintaining his deck.  Through our conversation, he mentioned Ipe.  I’d never heard of it.  Eric was kind enough to correct my pronunciation, it’s EE-pay by the way, and explained that it’s one of his company’s favorite Tropical Hardwood material for decks.   Through the redesign process, I got so drawn into Eric’s passion, I had to look it up.  During my research I stumbled upon the Wood That’s Tough as Nails article in WSJ from October 2012.
Why Ipe?
That’s easy, three reasons:
1.) long-lasting
2.) naturally resistant to rot and decay
3.) one of the hardest woods available
Bonus:
Low Maintenance
That’s great especially here is Chicagoland with the way our temperatures fluctuate.
Where does Ipe come from?
This Tropical Hardwood comes from the Brazilian rainforest.
What does Ipe look like?
It has a reddish-brown color, here’s an example:IPE Deck
If you’d like to hear more about how Ipe makes a great deck (or other outdoor living space), contact Eric.
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